Bean Sprout Freshness!

Via Michael Levin
on Jan 15, 2011
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When one is rising, standing, walking, doing something, stopping, one should constantly concentrate one’s mind on the act and the doing of it, not on one’s relation to the act, or its character or value. . . . One should simply practice concentration of the mind on the act itself.
– Ashvaghosha

Bean Sprouts
Bean sprouts are some of the healthiest and tastiest treats you can eat, and you can make them yourself. It’s easy! Just get yourself some dry beans. Mung beans work great. Here’s the drill: find a good container, like a nice bowl with a lid. Take into account that the beans will grow to several times their size. Then, just rinse the beans in a colander and put them in the bowl. Add a little water. Cover the bowl and put it someplace you won’t forget.

Bean Sprouts
Keep an eye on the beans. They’ll probably begin to sprout in 2-3 days. The trick is to rinse them every day. Just dump them into the colander and then add a little fresh water. Remember, the water gets absorbed into the sprouts, so use fresh water.

In a few days, the beans will begin to sprout. I enjoyed them with hummus, tomatoes, greens and basil, and drizzled with some olive oil this week.

The beans are so cheap and keep practically forever in a dry, airtight container. This is something you can make even when it’s cold outside. It’s especially nice to make these fresh treats when it’s too cold for gardening.

So, while you’re stretching, practicing yoga, meditating, or just being healthy and active, why not round it off with some delicious fuel for the body.


About Michael Levin

Michael loves sharing what he's learned about organic lifestyles like living off the grid and bicycle commuting. He calls it "lifestyle entrepreneurship". He's into organic gardening, mindful living, and realizes that we only have this life and each other. His favorite quote is "The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both." (James A. Michener)


4 Responses to “Bean Sprout Freshness!”

  1. helene_rose says:

    Hi Michael,

    Fresh sprouts made at home are indeed tasty! Thanks for the reminder – I've been wanting to sprout again. 🙂


  2. You're welcome, Helene. It's so simple. The sprouts make delicious snacks by the spoonful, with a little seasoning. I felt especially good that the beans sprouted so well after the cold snaps here nailed my recent seed plantings, or scared them dormant:

  3. mikelevin says:

    Man, these little sprouts grow like crazy! Have to try all sorts of seeds…

  4. JaoNegro says:

    Um, weren't bean sprouts at the heart of the E. Coli outbreak in Europe a few weeks ago? The one that killed a dozen plus people and put hundreds of people in the hospital? Can we talk a bit about food safety here?